“Living in the west bank” signifies the youth of the poet. It is used denotes the ways in which the author was once a useful member of the community. However the move to the east refers to life after retirement. There is a general sentiment that the people living in retirement are not active members of the society. They are given their due peace to live in retirement homes. The people in these homes feel a sense of isolation from the main communities and they encounter sentiments of not being wanted. This is explored in the line “Living in retirement that pays any attention to me?” In this the sentiment felt by the people are explored.The poet ends with “what shall I do now?” This is a rhetoric question as to the fact that old age people do not have anything constructive to do and they are not wanted in the societies. It also makes the audience to gain a sense of loneliness that the protagonist is feeling. It is the lament of a retired person who is now sitting in a retirement home feeling isolated from the mainstream community.
There is also fear of death and the sadness of being alone that is resonated in the poem. In the line “only sadness follows me” shows that emotion of the poet while living in the retirement house. As the author questions the roots of sadness it is evident that the poet is experiencing old age and living in retirement home. In this process the people feel that they are not welcome and are used to symbolize the sentiment felt by these individuals while living in the old age house. Towards the end the audience who read this poem gains a sense of perspective of the impending old age for all the individuals. This is a stage that all the people will eventually reach and the sentiments of the poet are echoed as a wakeup call for the people to change the current system. It is a poem that is written to make the people understand that the people in the retirement communities have a profound sense of loneliness.